There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave
we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our
hiding place. Isaiah 28:15
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever praised. Amen.
In the great eighth chapter of Romans, which is the solution to St. Paul's wrestling with his sin in chapter seven, we see a profound truth. It is that those who live according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires, set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh. But those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit, set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the Holy Spirit. So the life of the Spirit requires a mind change.